Oh this room. What was once a 12×12 place where all of our excess junk lived has somehow become the happiest corner of our little house. This room literally glows, and I just love the way it all came together.

I knew I wanted to keep things super simple for this little guy’s nursery. Nothing grand or fancy, no crazy “themes,” just lots of light, fun black and white patterns, and random pops of color. 

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I love the way this little gallery wall turned out! With the exception of the “Stay Wild My Child” sign  that I picked up at a craft fair, I snagged everything on sale at Hobby Lobby.

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And my very favorite piece of the entire room, the book wall! I remember seeing this on Pinterest YEARS ago, and knew it was something I wanted to incorporate into the nursery, regardless of whether baby was a boy or girl. It was a breeze to set up (just a few Ikea Mosslanda picture ledges), and I just love the way it turned out. 

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I’m still working on sprucing up a few walls, and once we order the rocking chair it will sit next to the cube shelves by the window. 

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And that’s it! I know it will be just a matter of time before the entire house is overrun by toys and toddler chaos, so for now I wanted to keep things as simple as possible. I love love love this room, and I can’t wait for this little guy to arrive and make it complete!

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • The nursery is GORGEOUS!! I love everything about it, amazing! He’s going to love it!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Thank you thank you! I think I love it more than he ever will ;)ReplyCancel

  • What a slice of heaven! I love that it isn’t woodland creature theme or lego theme or I don’t know pokemon theme- it’s a great calm space.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Haha LEGO THEME SOUNDS AWESOME! And intricate lolReplyCancel

  • Emily

    As a pregnant mom to be..I have to ask where you got the dresser and crib? So simple and just what I’m looking for!ReplyCancel

  • WOW! This looks so great!!! I love the bookshelves!!!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Thank you thank you! They’re my favorite part too! :)ReplyCancel

  • I love the nursery! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • super cute! i love it all but the “don’t grow up, it’s a trap” is probably my favorite. have been following along through your pregnancy posts and you make it seem like a breeze ;)ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      I know I could NOT resist buying it! And you are TOO sweet. I’ve been lucky to have a pretty easy pregnancy, but I’m definitely ready for him to be here! ;)ReplyCancel

  • I love it!! It’s so so so perfect! Walker John is perfect!! Glad you’re still alive and kicking. ;)ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Yes, alive and kicking (and someone inside of me is kicking as well!) Im looking forward to having a little down time to hopefully get back in a blogging groove, but those sound like the famous last words of a new mom, lol!ReplyCancel

  • heather

    Love it!! super cute and calmingReplyCancel

  • Alexis K

    I’m so excited to see pictures of him in this adorable room!ReplyCancel

HEY HI HEY. If you’re wondering where I’ve been…you really shouldn’t. I’ve been here, exactly where you left me. On the couch with my dog y’all. 

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I’m KIDDING. I’m actually splitting my time equally between the couch and the yoga ball. But you probably didn’t come here for the knowledge of where my ass can be found at any given moment. You’re here to be entertained! Updated! Or at the very least to see how fat I’ve gotten. 

I promise not to disappoint.

When we last left off, I was recappin’ the holidays and promising to be a little more consistent in 2016 (LAUGHABLE). To be fair, lots has happened in January. LOTS! Starting with…baby boy’s second shower! Hosted by the gracious, radiant, and over-achieving Wife in Training

Lindsay arrived at my house early the morning of January 9, and within 15 minutes of her arrival the entire house was decked out in precious baby decor and smelling like cupcakes. And PS – showers located a whopping 20 feet from the nursery = THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL. I spent the entire day being spoiled rotten, surrounded by all of my favorite friends and family – every last one SO JAZZED to meet this little guy. Me too, y’all, ME TOO!

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The very next weekend (busy I tell you!) I was spoiled with yet another shower, hosted by Allison’s sweet mom. This final shower featured some of the sweetest ladies, the cutest onesies, and the most DELECTABLE cupcakes. 

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And since then? Well, I’ve been gestating. Growing larger by the LITERAL second, and basking in every uneventful moment of this pregnancy. Oh and if bare baby bellies gross you out – scroll on. Or better yet, kiss my ass. Your choice.

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I have been so so lucky to have a healthy, easy, and outrageously normal pregnancy. Of course, I’ve got the typical aches and pains associated with carrying a tiny human around inside of you. My skin is a little itchy, my ankles are enormous, and my double chin is shocking, but truthfully I feel good. I feel really good! A whole hell of a lot better than I thought I would at a whopping 38 weeks pregnant.

And seeing as this child could make his appearance any minute now, let’s hop to a more formal bumpdate. 

How far along?: 38 weeks on the dot!

Baby Bod: Little boy is the size of…a baby. We haven’t had an ultrasound since 20 weeks (and won’t as long as we both remain healthy) so little man’s height and weight will be a surprise. 

Mom Bod: That second trimester IDGAF body confidence I once had has long disappeared. I’m just ready to look like myself again. Wearing tons of black and refusing to have my face featured in any photograph are my current MO.

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Moving: Y’ALL. It’s like an entirely new baby has taken over my body. He is moving constantly and has most recently discovered my ribs. Wrong direction, kid. HEAD SOUTH. He also gets the hiccups on a daily basis which is kind of my favorite. Every time he hiccups I feel it low and high because his little foot twitches with each one. There is nothing more precious.

Sleeping: Sleep has been decent. When I sleep, I do feel like I’m sleeping pretty soundly. Of course I’m waking up every hour to pee, but for being so massive, I’m pretty comfortable. I’ve had a few nights where I wasn’t able to go back to sleep for about an hour, but that’s because my offspring thinks that 3am is PARTY TIME. I’m starting to feel really sleepy during the day, so I’m napping anytime I feel like it. Mainly because I work from home and also the internet told me to.

Eating: LITERALLY EVERYTHING. I am hungry all.the.time. It never ever ever ever ends. 

Loving: Weekly prenatal appointments. I leave every appointment just giddy with excitement. I love love love the group of midwives I’ve chosen, and I feel like I’m in such good hands. I’m going to cry big fat crocodile tears once I no longer have a reason to see them every few weeks. Also loving weekly chiropractic visits. How do people get through pregnancy without a bomb.com chiropractor? HOW?!

I’m also loving reading this book…for the second time. It’s usually accompanied by lots of baby kicks and a warm cup of my beloved third trimester tea

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Hating: Legitimately I hate my double chin. It makes me want to cry and my biggest fear is that it WILL NOT GO AWAY AFTER THE BABY COMES. Please send emotional support and plastic surgeons if necessary.

Missing: Tequila. And running! And normal non-stretchy, non-maternity clothes. 

Symptoms: Oh, the usual. Constant peeing, eating, and random cat naps. Also apparently pregnancy carpal tunnel is a thing. Labor symptoms? Zero. 

Other Baby-Related News: Our bags are packed. Car seat has been installed. Clothes are washed. Pediatrician has been chosen. I even managed to throw together a few freezer meals this past weekend. 

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We’re ready, y’all! Which probably means he won’t be making his appearance until March. Baby, if you’re reading this, Mom and Dad would really prefer February. But it’s whatever. Love you boo.

The nursery is just about complete, and I think I’ll share it tomorrow. We still have yet to order the rocking chair, and there are a few walls I’d like to spruce up, but honestly, he’ll be spending the first few month of his life chillin’ on my chest, so I’m not too worried about it.

I swear I will be back tomorrow with awful iPhone nursery photos, but what else what else? What have I missed? What else do you people want to know?! Tell me in the comments.

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • Yay an update! I hate to say it – but I was kinda worried. So glad to hear you’re feeling good at 38 weeks. And I will say your baby belly is adorable – seriously! Also, I don’t see a second chin – promise! I hope Walker makes his arrival soon and in the meantime enjoy the couch and naps!ReplyCancel

  • Deidre Cokendolpher

    Yayyyy you have made my day complete. Thank you for the update. Hugs.ReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    Yay you’re back! I’m not going to lie… I’ve been stalking your page since the last post hoping you would update us! I’m so glad you’re doing well!

    I am 11 weeks post child birth. (How has it been that long already?) and looking at your belly pics I miss mine! I had a rough last few weeks of my pregnancy so I can’t even believe I just admitted to missing it.

    I also had a double chin uhh. It went mostly away almost immediately after birth! Now I’m still trying to get to my pre baby weight (let’s be honest, not trying that hard because I’d rather snuggle on the couch with my little lady). Anywho I’m sure your chin will go back to normal!

    Anywho! Thanks for updatingReplyCancel

  • wait, like waking up EVERY HOUR to pee?! like every single one!?ReplyCancel

  • You look great, mama!! I can’t believe he’s going to be here SO SOON. Your shower looks perfectly you and totally adorable. :) I can’t wait to see how adorable Walker is going to be… because I’m totally going to be stalking you. #SorryNotSorryReplyCancel

  • heather

    missed your corky posts!! baby bump is amazing and dont worry about baby weight it will fall offReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Well I hope so! Truthfully I’m less worried about my body and most worried about my chin, lol!ReplyCancel

Let’s be honest – at this point, no one really cares about anyone else’s Christmas. But here I am, blogging it. Partly for me. Partly for my mom. And partly because what else am I supposed to do with my iPhone photos?!

See? It’s a real dilemma.

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I’m starting with the Monday before Christmas, when Taylor and I celebrated the season with a little Christmas date. We opted to forgo gifts for each other this year, not because we don’t loooooove STUFF, but because we really just don’t need anything.

So instead of gifts, we treated ourselves to a delicious, romantic dinner and a stroll downtown before coming home and crashing by 9pm. 

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We weren’t quite sure where to go, but ultimately decided on the Cheesecake Factory. 1) Because it’s delicious and 2) because Taylor had never been and I couldn’t resist the opportunity of watching him try to decide on a dessert.

After we were uncomfortably full, we managed to take a quick walk around downtown to soak up the Christmas lights, before eventually heading back home where we could unbutton our pants in peace, sans judgment.

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After working the next few days, Christmas Even was upon us! Which meant time for another Annual Best Friend’s Christmas Eve breakfast. Yeah. Say that five times fast. Or don’t. And just keep scrolling.

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I met Allison bright and early for french toast and gift exchange at our beloved Cracker Barrel.

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I got a beautiful watercolor and a hilarious book, but to be honest it was all but eclipsed by my little man’s present. Because LOOK AT THOSE TINY BOOTS!:) 

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THE present of the year was our stroller, gifted to us by my stepdad. Everyone had a blast playing with it, plus it came in super handy for carting presents out to the car at the end of the night.

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Once our bellies and trunks were full of goodies, it was time to head home to Fort Worth. The next morning we slept in a bit and then headed out to spend the day with Taylor’s family. 

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And we brought this guy along, because what Christmas is complete without a basset hound wrapped up in a green and red blanket while you open presents? NONE – exactly.

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I’m not sure what the high wound up being on the 25th, but as someone who is 8 months pregnant, I can tell you it felt like it was about a THOUSAND degrees out. Reality may have been more like 75, but still, it was pretty miserable, and not at all Christmasy. Regardless, I still made my boys pose for Christmas photos.

It went super well.

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The final (and best result) of course wound up being the one where I look the most puffy and exhausted. But you know why that is? Because I am. I am puffy and exhausted.

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I love these two more than words! The entire day I just kept thinking about how next Christmas will be SO different – my baby will be here! Not only will he be here, he’ll be HUGE! And oh man – all.the.feels.

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And that’s it! Just like that, Christmas 2015 is a wrap! I can’t believe we are just days away from the new year, and I REALLY can’t believe I’m just weeks away from meeting our little boy. Life is a freakin’ rollercoaster. I’m trying my hardest to get a little blogging consistency back over the next few months, because I’ve got so much to capture, so stay tuned and more importantly – stay on my case.

Love you mean it. 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • downtown Ft. Worth is pretty pretty this time of year (see what I did there? I didn’t mean to.)… but WHICH DESSERT DID TAYLOR CHOOSE? You left me hanging. MEEP. Baby soon!!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Bahahahahahahaha he was BORING and chose strawberry cheesecake. I literally face palmed. Like what.ReplyCancel

  • Where did you get your Preggo/Preggers shirt?! I need one! Loved your Christmas recap!ReplyCancel

  • You’re going to love that stroller! It’s the one I have and I’m so happy with my choice.ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Yay yay yay!! SO glad to hear you say that!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ok I’ve looked at the city mini stroller as maybe my jogging stroller later this spring. Does your carseat go in it as well? I wasn’t sure if it could be a travel system! Let me know how you like it, once winter is over I’ll be in the market for a good jogger!

    And you look beautiful, friend! Baby boy is almost here!! It will be the most amazing and magical and sweetest day of your life. You think you’re tired now, just wait hahaha. You got this, mama!! Keep us posted!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      So I actually got the City mini for my all around stroller (it is SO freaking compact it’s INSANE!), and we got the $20 car seat adapter so it’s pretty easy! I heard good things about it being awesome for indoor and outdoor use, but the tires weren’t really intended to handle the shock of being a jogging stroller, even though it handles all-terrain well. The jogging stroller I got is actually the J is for Jeep jogging stroller. It had really awesome reviews and was only $150 which I thought was SO cheap (at least in comparison to other joggers!) I’m excited to use them both, but I have a feeling I’ll obviously get the most use out of the city mini, at least at first! :)ReplyCancel

  • Just stumbled on your blog and love it!
    I’ve been trying to find more runners blogs, and I just read your marathon recaps! I’m in training, so they are pretty inspirational for me!!
    Anyway, new follower here!ReplyCancel

    • natalie

      Oh I’m so glad you found me! So funny, because my running days feel like another LIFETIME ago (pregnancy brain!) but I can’t wait to hit the pavement again here in a few months! ;)ReplyCancel

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Throughout my pregnancy, I wasn’t really sure how I’d feel about maternity photos. When your face is puffy and your belly has reached gravity-defying proportions, the very last thing you want is a camera in your face. But as the weeks tick by, I know that regardless of how whale-like I may be feeling on any given day, I’m going to miss this

I’m going to want to remember what it feels like to carry this little boy around inside of me. I’m going to want to remember this first year in our little home, just the two of us. I’m going to miss the feeling of anticipation that comes with every kick, poke, and jab. And if just for these few reasons, I’m going to wish I’d captured these moments.

So the day after my baby shower, with about ten minutes of daylight left in the day, we threw on our fancy clothes and our happy faces and took our first photos as a soon-to-be family of three at home. 

(All photo cred of course goes to Allison Harp Photography.)

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LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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  • These photos are absolutely lovely! And I’m not going to lie: Taylor’s mustache is one for the books. I know a certain husband of mine who only dreams of growing a ‘stache like that. You must be one proud wife ;)ReplyCancel

  • these are so beautiful. i never got maternity photos taken, so besides my mirror selfies, the only formal photo i have of my pregnant is at my sister’s wedding, one week before my due date. and even though i’m gigantic, i love seeing it. i’m glad for you that you went for these!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley

    I understand times are busy right now. But if you’re able to find the time.. I’d love to hear the story behind the stache..ReplyCancel

  • You are one beautiful momma, and I can’t wait to love on sweet baby Walker in a few short weeks!!!!ReplyCancel

  • the light in your photos is so dreamy!! that color looks amazing on you, mama! you’re doing pregnancy SO WELL!!ReplyCancel

  • Beautiful photos. You look gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • OBSESSED. I’m probably a little late, but these are gorgeous my dear!!! Beautiful mama!! SO EXCITED FOR YOU GUYS!!!!!!ReplyCancel

As of today, we are 9 weeks from my estimated due date. NINE WEEKS. We’re talkin’ single digit week-age, people!

Holy cow.

Instead of thinking about all that’s left on the to-do list (#help), I’m throwing it back to the first weekend of December. In the presence of my sweetest and closest friends, we celebrated the first baby shower for our little boy, Walker

Little man, you have NO idea how loved you already are! 

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Since the very first positive pregnancy tests, this little man has been known as my Bae. So in keeping with the trend, this shower was “Bae Z” themed.:) 

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We celebrated little boy’s impending arrival at Brewed, one of my favorite Fort Worth spots. Home of mouth-watering meatballs and candy bar lattes. 

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It was such a sweet and perfect day, and never have I EVER felt so spoiled and loved!  I have to give shout out to this girl (my very best friend and photographer extraordinaire) for making it all happen, and of course, for documenting every last detail

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Check back this afternoon for a peek at our maternity photos! 

LOVE&HUGS,

Nat

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